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Linda Manzer

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Occupation(s)  Luthier
Website  Linda Manzer Guitars

Name  Linda Manzer
Role  Luthier
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Similar People  Jean Larrivee, Pat Metheny, Jimmy D'Aquisto, Bruce Cockburn, Julian Lage

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Linda Manzer (born July 2, 1952) is a Canadian master luthier renowned for her archtop, flat top, and harp guitars.


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Manzer was a folk singer in high school and played guitar. Her career began when she wanted a dulcimer, but she couldn't afford to buy one, so she built one from a kit. She attended two art colleges, where she studied painting. For the craft of making flattop guitars She studied with Jean Larrivée 1974-78. She went to New York in 1983-84 and studied archtop building with Jimmy D'Aquisto.

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In addition to her standard models, she has designed and built by hand over 50 guitar prototypes, including soprano guitar, the first acoustic baritone guitar, the acoustic sitar guitar sitars, and several multinecked harp guitars.

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She has designed and built over 25 instruments for jazz musician Pat Metheny, including the Pikasso, which has 42 strings and four necks. He has played the Pikasso on many albums includingImaginary Day and What's It All About, and Beyond The Missouri Sky. He played her baritone guitar on the album One Quiet Night. Plus she built and co-designed with Metheny a limited edition of 30 handmade Metheny-Manzer Signature models to celebrate a 30 year collaboration with Pat Metheny.

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Professional musicians who own Manzer guitars include Julian Lage, Carlos Santana, Henrik Andersen, Stephen Fearing, Milton Nascimento, Liona Boyd, Heather Bishop, Bruce Cockburn, Paul Simon, Roy Patterson, Marie-Lynn Hammond, Susan Crowe, and Gordon Lightfoot.

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Her custom designs include the 52-stringed Medusa owned by Danish musician Henrik Andersen.

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Pat Metheny's request to Manzer in 1984 was to build a guitar that had "as many strings as possible." Manzer came up with the Pikasso, a guitar with 42 strings and four string sections. A hexagonic pickup enabled Metheny to access his Synclavier synthesizer, and thus play on guitar anything that could be played on his synthesizer, including samples and other instruments. The Pikasso contains two holes for mounting the guitar on a stand, allowing the guitarist to play the guitar without having to hold it. Metheny plays the Pikasso on "Into the Dream," the third song on his album Imaginary Day.

While building the Pikasso, Manzer invented the Manzer Wedge. Because the Pikasso was much wider than a normal six-string guitar, it was difficult for the right hand to reach all the strings. Manzer also wanted Metheny to be able to see all the strings while looking down at the guitar. She wanted a solution that left the sound unchanged. She settled on a wedge, something that is wide at one end and narrow at the other. The Pikasso introduced having the bass side of the guitar narrower than the treble side. Narrowing the body of the guitar made the strings easier to reach, and it made the guitar more comfortable to play. In the 1980s, she began adding the wedge design to all the guitars she made.


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